Associate Health Minister Dr. Ayesha Weirle says a new batch of Pfizer vaccines will enable health officials to maintain higher vaccination rates.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. [https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/450949/covid-19-update-pm-says-govt-close-to-securing-additional-vaccine-deals announced the government was negotiating a deal] This will make New Zealand’s Pfizer supplements look safer.
“As a result of these efforts, we are now finalizing arrangements that secure additional supplies in September so that we will be able to maintain an exceptional rate of vaccination during September as long as We don’t have a big delivery in October. “
“We are still waiting for the final agreements to be signed so I cannot confirm the details about the specific countries or quantities. However, they are Pfizer’s food and we will share more information as soon as possible.”
Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Warrell told Checkpoint that the government feared it would have to slow down vaccine outages, but the delivery reassured health officials that the current vaccination rate could be maintained.
Although the government has not yet been able to confirm the delivery date of the order due to contract requirements, Verrell said shipments will arrive on time to ensure the vaccine’s rollout continues.
“We have a short-term problem that we’re working around the clock to solve, and yes, time is relatively tight,” said Weirle.
“This is an issue that really points to the very high level of vaccination that we were able to achieve at the alert level four that we achieved before the epidemic and despite being on the alert level four,” he said. Were not doing. “
Although higher vaccination rates during the lockdown increased the need for additional vaccines, Verrell said the government already had plans to secure another shipment around that time.
“We had a plan to vaccinate New Zealanders throughout the year and we had a deadline where we knew supply would be tight in September.
The Auditor General wrote a report stating that we are unlikely to achieve our goals and yet we have sometimes exceeded 80%.
Auckland will remain on alert level four lockdown until September 14, and Warrell told Checkpoint that much more needs to be considered when the government decides to extend the lockdown further.
“There are a lot of things that we take into account the level of warning … certainly case numbers but as the case numbers go down they make a big difference in the numbers so they bounce a little bit.
“I think we can all agree that this week in Auckland is much better than last week and a week earlier in Auckland in terms of epidemic control.”
He noted that most of the cases in Auckland over the past week have been linked to existing cases, and that the number of mysterious cases has been declining since the Public Health Unit’s investigation.
As the government considers warning-level changes, special attention will be paid to recent unconnected issues as they pose a greater risk than those exposed before the city moves to alert level four. shall be.
Meanwhile, increasing scrutiny will also be an important factor in determining whether the city is ready to lower the alert level.
“I think we really need to move this investigation forward because that’s what assures you that you’ve found the cases out there.
“We have seen community testing sites at the moment, we are looking at them in the light of where we are concerned that there may be a risk of transmission, so we are looking at the geographical level on their distribution.”
Verrell said it would be important to increase screening rates for key populations such as Auckland Border Crossing workers, health workers and MIQ staff.
“These are the people who are currently roaming the community and in doing so we reassure ourselves that we have reduced the risk of unknown issues.”
Sparrow was unable to provide an update on whether the Crown Plaza MIQ facility – Possible source of the current epidemic – Reopened
“There has been an investigation into the Crown Plaza which has been completely and moreover, historically it has performed so well that it has been used with one exception which We are concerned that this could lead to an epidemic, “she said.